NOBLE Banquet to honor local high school students
The 20th annual Nacogdoches County’s Opportunity for Better Learning Experience (NOBLE) banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center at Stephen F. Austin State University.
The banquet honors Nacogdoches County high school seniors who have chosen the more rigorous recommended or distinguished program of study in their high school courses and completed a service project. NOBLE is a program of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce education committee.
“The past several years, about 400 students from all county school districts have qualified annually for the award,” said Francis Spruiell, chamber chair.
Registration begins at 6 p.m. A parent’s reception will be held in the Regents Suites A and B where light refreshments will be served and SFA representatives will be available to provide information about the admission process. Parents will join the students at 7:15 for presentations.
Nacogdoches County NOBLE scholars are eligible to apply for one of twenty $1,000 scholarships to SFA provided by Citizens 1st Bank and the Daily Sentinel. Fairchild, Price, Haley & Smith. LLP is providing an additional $1,000 scholarship and Rex Perry Autoplex is providing two $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship applications will be available to students from area high school counselors.
“Citizens 1st Bank also funds renewing scholarships each year for qualifying NOBLE Scholars at SFA,” Spruiell said.
Alexey Talai will be the keynote speaker at the event. Talai has overcome many challenges to become executive director of a non-profit organization in Belarus in Eastern Europe. His talk is titled “Alexey's Dream - Setting Goals, Having a Passion and Helping Others.”
The chamber’s education committee also sponsors Great Expectations, a program that brings local business leaders to county schools to encourage students to take advanced courses, which will better prepare them for the workplace and life. The education committee includes school counselors and administrators, SFA faculty and staff members, and members of the chamber of commerce.
For more information about the banquet, call your school counselor:
Cushing ISD: Sherry Goff, (936) 326-4890 ext. 224
Central Heights ISD: Tina Clifton, (936) 552-3408
Garrison ISD: Kevin Hines, (936) 347-7000
Nacogdoches ISD: Cindy Tillery-9th grade, April Grady-10th grade, Cindy Ivy-11th grade, Rose Stanaland-12th grade, (936) 564-2466
Douglass ISD: Scott Newsom, (936) 569-9804
Martinsville ISD: Tracy Dees, (936) 564-3455
Woden ISD: Joy Miguez, (936) 564-7903
Chireno ISD: Yvonne Murray, (936) 362-2132